“You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.”
― David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
You Can’t See Me!
Some straight up G-Funk as i prepare for the work day.
Sidenote for my Highschool Printmaking class:
I’m sorry, but Tupac is really dead.
Listened to another Ian Haney Lopez interview this morning on Best of the Left. One often wonders how the rich continue to manipulate the poor into supporting politicians and policies that eliminate social services, infrastructure, and public services like schools, libraries, the arts, etc. Lopez said some pretty eye opening things. That essentially racism has not gone away, it has simply evolved and that modern racist are not really bad people, their just scared. I would take it one step further/farther by suggesting that we are all racists, and that not one of us can move beyond this paradigm until we acknowledge it. Of course, this idea, of coded language being used to manipulate voters has been around as long as democracy, but with today’s cable news outlets and the internet, it has never been as detrimental to our society. The powerful and rich want remain that way and to do so they must control and limit the influence of government. How do you get poor whites to support a political party for the rich? By portraying the government as the purveyors of entitlements for non-christian-whites. Remember Reagan’s welfare queens and the current Tea Party mantra of the takers vs the makers? This message that the decline/extinction of our middle-class is the result of big government’s wasteful social expenditures deflects poor white anger away from corporations and the one percent fucks, and instead victimizes the people and institutions that are trying to educate, feed and provide healthcare for all. If you think we are beyond racism in our country, take a look at election numbers. In the last presidential election, Romney got 3 out of 5 white votes in 47 of the 50 states and those numbers we consistent across gender and age demographics, while Obama took more than 99 percent of the black vote. I cringe every time i hear someone claim that they don’t see color. This was the argument used by SCOTUS to abolish the voting rights act. If you don’t see color, than you don’t see me.
Meet Lucy, a 3.2 million-year-old ancestor of ours. Though she looks like an ape, her knees were close together, just like a human’s! That positioned her feet directly under her body and made walking easier.
See the final installment of Your Inner Fish tomorrow night (4/23) on PBS at 10/9c.
Dude, just discovered PBS has a tumblr!
On the heels of SCOTUS giving rich fucktards unlimited “voice” via campaign contributions, and the inability of the American public to give a fuck because we are too busy trying to just survive or distracted/pacified by…well, there are just too many distractions to list…uh, never mind, this is absolutely pointless.
Did ya catch Stewart rip apart Judge Robert’s court? He devoted an entire show to it. This ruling based on the most narrow definition of corruption essentially hands the rich all the power they need to influence any election. The same court that upheld voter ID laws and repealed the voting rights act. More evidence that we are truly living in an age of oligarchy. This will not end well.
And I’m one if them!
Another beach camping trip, another turtle video-second weekend in a row. This one features a little guy who missed the night hatch. If we hadn’t been there to escort him, he would have for sure been eaten by crabs or birds on his mad dash to the sea.
Guess what we did this weekend? Duh, right? Think we may need intervention? What’s wrong with us? Lots of nesting mamas and in the morning babies-the late risers. A message for all you late risers, good luck running the gauntlet of birds and crabs.
Vintage 1994. Still thinking about rotary dial phones. Check out the ring tone in Coolio’s samplin’ of Parliament’s Fantastic Voyage.
Morning Coffee Read:
Amazing story from the Guardian. When this Iranian man was twenty years old, he stabbed and killed another man in a brawl. Executions are public in Iran. Side note, I think we might have a different view on capital punishment in the west if our executions were public, especially in the presence of the victim’s family. At the last second, with the noose around his neck, the victim’s mother walked up to the man, slapped him and removed the noose, essentially sparing his life. At this point, the two mothers embrace in tears. I’m not sure where I stand on capital punishment other than I know I have it in me to take the life of anyone with my bare hands who would harm my children, but of course, this is one of those situations where one cannot truly predict how we would react until we are faced with the situation. I was moved by this story. Could such a thing happen in our judicial system?